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Massive freshwater mussel die-off is ecological mystery

Abingdon - The crystal -clear waters of the Clinch River, which meanders southwest across the Virginia-Tennessee border, look clean and healthy. But a mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels in the river has scientists scrambling to find the cause.

Rising CO2 affecting freshwater three times faster than saltwater

As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 is absorbed into our oceans, making them more acidic. We know the problems this has caused in the saltwater environment. Now, rising CO2 levels are also affecting some freshwaters, too.

Elite team of sniffer dogs smack down zebra mussel invasion

No zebra mussels have invaded B.C. waters yet, and an Alberta-based team that uses mussel-sniffing dogs intends to keep it that way. Discovered in the U.S. 20 years ago, it's believed the tiny critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of European ships.

Review: John P. Smol — Oil sands and lake ecosystems study — Part 1 Special

Kingston - This is a 2 Part interview with Professor John Smol, (Department of Biology, Queen’s University). Part 1 has excerpts from “Legacy of a half century of Athabasca oil sands development recorded by lake ecosystems.” Questions and results are discussed

Op-Ed: John P. Smol — Environmental oil sands commentary — Part 2 Special

Calgary - “Environmental oil sands commentary - Part 2” is a continuation of questions asked of John P. Smol based on the commentary by Peter V. Hodson called “History of environmental contamination by oil extraction” about the Kurek et al (2013) oil sands.

Greenpeace exits Canada's Boreal Forest Agreement citing breaches

Greenpeace Canada announced its withdrawal yesterday from the Canada Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) claiming logging roads built in Quebec’s Montagnes Blanches region managed by Resolute Forest Products are a violation of the CBFA.

Chemicals from personal-care products in US rivers and lakes

The first major review of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in Minnesota has found evidence of pollutants and chemicals which have originated from personal-care products.

Celebrate World Water Day on March 22, 2012

Calgary - World Water Day is celebrated on March 22, 2012 across the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations coordinates world Water Day 2012 and this year the theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry.

Tons of Philippine freshwater fish killed due to lack of oxygen

More than 500 tons of freshwater fish including milk fish and tilapia have drowned in commercial fish cages in Talisay, Batangas and Bolinao, Pangasinan in Luzon Island, Philippines, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

Freshwater bodies are a larger source of methane than expected

According to a recent international study, lakes, rivers and other freshwater bodies emit unexpected amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Indirectly, this could impact the expected effects of reforestation programs to fight climate change.

Op-Ed: Pharmaceutical diets yield cellular dangers in the water supply

Why a photograph during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina speaks in its thousand words on the nature of pharmaceutical dependence and what that dependence means for freshwater supplies and for human health.

Op-Ed: Great Lakes Cleanup a Priority For Both Environmental and Economic Reasons

For decades, Great Lakes pollution has been ignored, despite the health consequences. But politicians, especially the next U.S. president, should not ignore the environmental and economic impact a Great Lakes cleanup could do for future generations.

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Filtered particles from Arctic sea ice. Photo credit: Y.-Q. Wong and A. Khitun/Dartmouth College.
Filtered particles from Arctic sea ice. Photo credit: Y.-Q. Wong and A. Khitun/Dartmouth College.
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